A free public memorial honoring South Africa's first democratically elected president is set for 1 p.m. Saturday Dec. 14 at the Cathedral of St. Paul, according to the Star Tribune. The ecumenical service will bring together religious, political and civil rights leaders, and feature at least four choirs.
The event was organized by retired Hennepin County Judge Lajune Lange, who is Minnesota’s honorary consul for South Africa.
Mshale, a newspaper for the African community, says the speakers will include Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu religious leaders. Many songs will be African.
President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died Dec. 5 in Johannesburg at age 95. He was president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was imprisoned in South Africa for his struggle against apartheid from 1963 until his release in 1990.